With five of their full length life wreckers back on vinyl for the first time since the original pressings (we suggest you start with the still unconditionally pit worthy Stop At Nothing ), it seemed a good time to give Dying Fetus the band spotlight. The death metal legacy of this group has withstood many tests and only come through stronger. Catch them on tour with Hatebreed in Europe this April if you are both lucky and brave.
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In anticipation of the release of this new album the band has released a lyric video for the demo version of their song, “Pilgrimage”.
Guitarist Magnus Haugo commented on the new song:
“This new song will show you where we are today musically. It’s very melodic and progressive, and contains many different parts, while at the same time it’s all making sense. We won’t go into detail about the lyrics, but we hope you will watch the lyric video and interpret them as you like.”
Speaking on the new album, he adds:
“The material for our next album is heading in a quite different direction than our last album, “The Binding Cycle”. For instance, we have incorporated some clean vocals. All the songs are pretty long and the longest clocks in at about 16 minutes. We are feeling really good about this and we hope 2015 will be a good and productive year for us!
Check out the video for “Pilgrimage” here.Add to My Radar
New York City’s Webster Hall welcomed Animals As Leaders, The Devin Townsend Project and Monuments last weekend. Earlier in the day, Devin treated me to a fantastic face to face interview, which you can read here. Prog reigned supreme throughout the night and due to some lengthy photo ops, so did the photographers. I’ve seen some awesome shots from this night already, due to the fact we were able to shoot for the whole show.
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While Heaven Wept are a long running symphonic metal band from Virginia who have made an astonishing new concept album in Suspended at Aphelion. This is the kind of flashy but layered master work that every prog-minded metal act dreams of pulling off, strong songsmithery rapturously focused technical skill and a huge epic sound. The idea of being as far away as possible from the sun before orbit begins back towards warmth is the central metaphor here and the music is up to the huge task. I enjoyed this space journey more than the film Gravity.
Suspended At Aphelion will appeal to fans of Queensryche, Stratovarius, the lighter side of Scar Symmetry harmony driven vocals, The Old Dead Tree or even Protest the Hero’s Fortress. The style of prog here is not what most kids think of these days (BTBAM) but more of a hybrid of prog with classic metal and symphonic power. From the moving piano opening of “Introspectus” to the vocal glow of the amazing “The Memory Of Bleeding” to “Souls In Permafrost” pulling so much from me emotionally like the best fiction, wondering if we someday might have to leave the planet. “The highest of hopes left impossible debts of darkness and pain and deeper regrets/facing our future of paradise lost/interred my soul in permafrost,” sings Rain Irving with beautiful melodic command.
Also a highlight of this album, which really has no bad songs and pitch perfect production for the material, is Jason Lingle’s keyboard work. The keys augment each song so well, setting up real impact which can then be a great platform for Queen-big guitar solos to racing shred moments to “he nailed it” drumming from Mark Zonder.
Anyone looking for a great reason to not stray far from whatever item they consume music with and who loves metal that is less heavy than about huge themes spanning the galaxy should give this a spin. Maybe sci-fi and symphonic metal are escapism but this album has real questions humanity must wrestle with amidst the story and sweeping movements. “Lifelines Lost” will leave you hanging at the very edge, wondering when we will return for home and, perhaps, ecological and spiritual or compassionate redemption. Like The Ocean’s Pelagial it is not scared to go all the way to the farthest reaches to make a big creative point.
New Periphery song “The Bad Thing” is a heavy and complex new number, a sick mix with a great sense of guitar and vocal placement. Kudos on the great vocal performance as well. The band are releasing two albums of intricate material that seems like their biggest statement yet. That is up to each listener perhaps and how they take the music with them and experience it, but from the new songs compared to the relatively limited amount of Periphery I’ve heard it seems like they are really pushing themselves. Now go on tour with Wings Denied and Torrential Downpour, guys. Do it!!!
Check out the new song HERE.
Chicago indie and post-metal heroes Pelican have a new EP called The Cliff which is quite tasty. The EP boasts re-inventions of a track from the band’s most recent record, 2013’s Forever Becoming. The EP features remixes by members of Palms/Isis as well as Justin from Godflesh/Jesu, plus a new song recorded by Sanford Parker of Corrections House . Check out a link to a track with vocalist Allen Epley below. This is only the second time the band have had vocals on a release and Allen is another important figure from that part of the U.S., respected for his time in Shiner and The Life & Times (who put out a great new record Lost Bees this year). Also of note, Dallas from Pelican has a killer punkier band The Swan King he also plays in that I just chatted with him about HERE for New Noise.
Uhhhnnnnyhow…Hear “The Cliff (vocal version)” via MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.
Wings Denied, my choice for prog metal band of the year for 2014, are embarking on a January tour with prog death metallers Cryptodira. Wings Denied are touring in support of the excellent Mirrors For A Prince and deliver serious technical skill paired with a killer instinct for brilliant melodies and heavy distortion.Add to My Radar
“After a year of hard work on our two new albums, Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut: Omega we’re excited to be able to share the first look at music from either album,” said guitar player Mark Holcomb. “‘The Scourge’ shows off a darker, more brooding side of the first album, Alpha, and it touches on some of the melodic and lyrical themes referenced throughout the two albums. Enjoy!”Add to My Radar
No, we don’t have three unlikely bands covering renditions of Slaughter’s “Up All Night” (though that would be interesting). Instead however there are three new videos you should peep below from prog upstarts White Arms Of Athena, legends At The Gates and a lyric vid from Travis from Coheed’s always rather interesting side project Davenport Cabinet.
Check ’em out HERE and start the weekend early.Add to My Radar
Black Crown Initiate get more traction than most other bands on this site. Check out their new video for “The Fractured One” off triumphant full length debut The Wreckage Of Stars and you will hear and see why. The clip can be witnessed HERE and discusses “stolen light from our eyes.”
I won’t rest until this band is huge, if I can help in any way by blogging about them way too much, haha. The world is wasting time arguing about scientist Matt Taylor’s stupid cartoon bikini babe shirt while people are dying and our culture is more and more controlled by darkly motivated forces with no soul. Good metal will heal you and make you strong like a shield of good energy or Ayahuasca. Thanks. Rant over.Add to My Radar
Lately I’ve been blessed with more good music crossing my path than in years. It seems like there is something in the water, a spreading outwards of creative souls who are unafraid to just boldly go for a bigger vision, whether it is the charged warmth of Cynic’s Kindly Bent To Free Us , the studious growth and love in United Progressive Fraternity’s Fall In Love With The World or, in a completely different genre, the work of electronic/DJ/artist MAKJ, a guy who can leap between different entertainer roles with ease while still displaying the talent and vision akin to the posi-spirit of Lotus or even someone crazy (in the best way) like Sun Ra or Kendrick’s love of culture sharing. It’s collage with intellect attached to the fun, knowin’ the roots of each genre (like in the pretty brilliant “Encore” video for the upbeat song with Henry Fong HERE.)
These times call for people who will step up and evolve through limitations in a fast paced communications world, but also for the know how to fish for good outcomes as you sort through the astral plane, complex song arrangements, your beat sample library or whateva your realm of expression may be. Like William Gibson’s Idoru, this is a time of chasing ghost instincts and flashes of inspiration to grasp an ever-advancing mediascape.
WTF does this have to do with White Arms of Athena? Their new song “On The Edge” is another indicator that my gut was right when they set off my cool band radar after first stumbling onto them fairly recently. This group are really chasing that “edge” by pushing their music, melodies and visual aesthetic into new territory (love the kinda Chris Foss reminiscent color scheme of the art). Check out the new track from their Kurt Ballou (Trap Them, Converge) produced Prosthetic Records latest S/T effort, out early December HERE.
It’s a trip worth taking.Add to My Radar
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In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany DOWNFALL OF GAIA present the second single from their upcoming new album Aeon Unveils The Thrones Of Decay. Please surf over to the website of Rock Hard Germany at THIS location to check out “To Carry Myself To The Grave“! I’ve been really into the band’s new stuff and this new thought provoking track is yet another reason why this should be on your radar.
Between the Buried and Me Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium debuts on the Billboard Top Music Video Chart!
Between the Buried and Me‘s first ever blu-ray release, Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium has debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Music Video chart! The first week success vaulted BTBAM ahead of the likes of Dream Theater and YES on the video chart, further firming the band’s position as one of the world’s top progressive acts. A sample of the video, “Extremophile Elite“, in its 10:03 entirety is available to the public.
“Future Sequence: Live at Fidelitorium” was recorded at Fidelitorium Recordings outside of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The video was directed and edited by Justin Reich, with director of photography Ismail Abdelkhalek, and audio engineers Jamie King and Kris Hilbert. Audio mixing and mastering was completed by Jamie King. Guest musicians include: Walter Fancourt (tenor saxophone, flute), Julian Hinshaw (Tuba), Will Goodyear (marimba, glockenspiel), Taya Ricker (violin), David Parks (violin), Leigh Dixon (viola), and Socrates Razo (cello). Artwork and layout were completed by Owen Chandler, along with band photos by Chuck Johnson.
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